announcement by the United States Department of Justice concerning the
1MDB scandal, the Prime Minister must once and for all come clean on the
matter which can no longer be swept under the carpet. Neither can the
Prime Minister pretend that this latest action is not bringing shame and
scandal to the country.
reported in the international press and all the major news portals
except our mainstream UMNO-BN controlled media, the DOJ has finally
instituted legal process to seize properties worth more than US$1
billion (RM4 billion) tied to 1MDB, as part of the US$3.5 billion
misappropriated from the institution.
Announcing this at a news
conference, US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch said the 1MDB officials
treated the state investment fund like “a personal bank account” and
“stole billions of dollars from the people of Malaysia” and that this
action was part of an effort “to combat global corruption” and ensure
that the US would not serve as a “safe haven to those who illegally use
public funds for private gain”.
At last, after all these months
of trying to white wash the mother of all financial scandals in
Malaysia, the truth concerning 1MDB has finally surfaced confirming
beyond the shadow of a doubt that there was indeed a conspiracy to
defraud and launder billions of the taxpayers’ money committed by those
closely connected with those occupying the highest rungs of public
While it is true that none of the lawsuits named Prime
Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak, specifically named are his step son
Riza Aziz, Jho Low, and Abu Dhabi government officials. The assets
involved include penthouses, mansions, artwork, a private jet and
proceeds from the “Wolf of Wall Street” movie that it says were
illegally acquired through money diverted from 1MDB of which the Prime
Minister was also the chairman at all material times.
As we have
consistently maintained, Najib Razak’s decision last year to sack deputy
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, relieve the then
Attorney-General Gani Patail of his duties and displace top MACC
officers who were actively involved in the 1MDB investigation strongly
suggested a conspiracy to cover up the scandal.
In light of the
latest development, the Prime Minister can no longer hide behind a wall
of silence and must instead address the nation on this matter.
DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI